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Reactive Chemistry Laboratory Manager

Company: DEKRA North America
Location: Princeton
Posted on: September 23, 2022

Job Description:

Summary of Position:

The Reactive Chemistry Laboratory Manager is responsible for the operations of the High Pressure (HP) Laboratory & the Chemical Process Evaluation (CPE) Laboratory. This position drives the standardization of hazardous material laboratory testing in the US to conform with the test methods practiced at DEKRA laboratories world-wide and ensures that all US labs operate in conformance with safety practices and regulations. This role prepares the strategic investment plan for the Princeton location to grow revenue and profits in the CPE/HP hazard laboratory testing business. This role will oversee the use of several calorimeters such as an ARC, DSC and VSP2 and help coach and develop personnel to strengthen their technical skills in the use of such equipment.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Lab Management:

  • Maintain a strong safety culture and supporting systems that ensures the safety of execution of test and the safety of site personnel conducting testing.
  • Maintain the continuous improvement culture across the firm to achieve profitability and performance objectives.
  • Prepares information for monthly management meetings, as required.
  • Prepares information on forecasted and monthly financial performance of the team.
  • Proposal preparation for standardized and custom tests
  • Design, construction and maintenance of customized, high pressure and high temperature test apparatus to ASTM, NFPA, OSHA and DEKRA requirements
  • Report preparation
  • Test execution
  • Laboratory Data analysis

    Team Leadership:

    • Supervisory Management of lab personnel, including technicians, chemists and engineers
    • Build strong teams with a common vision. Effectively engage team in problem solving, decision making, and communication. When barriers are beyond the team members' control engage to assist removing barriers.
    • Leverage team members' skills to deliver client excellence, enhance client satisfaction, improve quality and increase event profitability.
    • Manage the overall workload within department.
    • Conduct regular department meetings to inform employees on updates and changes with the systems or business
    • Cultivate a department culture that develops highly engaged employees.
    • Orient, coach, and develop team members.
    • Establish career development path and requirements for new and existing employees to expand their skills, responsibilities, and contribution to the overall success of the company

      Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

      • Knowledge of chemical reaction hazards and testing to characterize chemical reaction hazards, including:
        • Reaction calorimetry (RC-1)
        • Vent sizing package (VSP-2)
        • Accelerating rate calorimetry (ARC)
        • Concentration limits of flammability (ASTM E681, ASTM E918)
        • Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)
          • Knowledge of computer data acquisition
          • Expert knowledge of data analysis
          • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
          • Expert knowledge of ASTM, UN/DOT, and other standardized test methods
          • Expert knowledge of local, state and national safety codes related to laboratory operations, including NFPA, OSHA, ASME and CGA.
          • Ability to work cooperatively among different groups and organizations within DEKRA and use influence to accomplish goals.

            Required Education & Experience:

            • Masters in Chemical Engineering, Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering preferred
            • Minimum 10 years' experience working in chemical hazard laboratories
            • 2+ years' experience with effectively leading and managing teams and individuals (engineers and scientists)
            • Experience with high-pressure and high-temperature reactors
            • Experience with high-pressure gas handling systems

              Physical Demands:

              • Ability to lift 40 lbs
              • Able to be fitted for and qualified for use with a respirator
                • Ability to move and conduct work with full range of motion.
                • Extended periods of computer-based work
                • Ability to be on feet (standing, walking) for extended periods of time

                  Required Travel:

                  • Domestic and/or international travel required, estimated up to 5%.
                  • Travel to other DEKRA facilities, clients, or marketing events


                    DEKRA North America strives to provide a competitive benefits package to employees and promotes the physical, emotional, and financial well-being. Colleagues can self-select from our benefits to create a package unique to their needs. These benefits include access to competitive health care and retirement benefits, paid time off, mental health well-being resources, and opportunities to learn and develop. Below is a list of benefits we offer our colleagues:

                    Health & Well-being Benefits:

                    • Health care benefits: medical, dental, and vision
                    • Paid time off such as vacation, sick leave, and floating holidays
                    • Mental and emotional support resources through our Employee Assistance Program
                    • Wellness Program to increase activity and health habits, with ability to earn participation rewards

                      Financial Benefits:

                      • Participation in a 401(k) plan, with an employer match
                      • Company Paid Short-Long Term Disability benefits
                      • Flexible Spending Account for eligible health care and dependent care expenses
                      • Group term life insurance with options to buy-up for self and others.

                        Growth and Development Benefits:

                        • Education Assistance Plan
                        • Internal training and development resources to grow your career
                        • Annual Career Goal Setting

                          We hope you'll consider a career with DEKRA North America as we strive to become the Global Partner for a Safe World!

                          Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

                          The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

Keywords: DEKRA North America, Trenton , Reactive Chemistry Laboratory Manager, Executive , Princeton, New Jersey

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